I’ve had a disastrous week of blogging. I made my first post on Sunday night. I’ve never done that before and I found that it just fell into the Internet abyss. Then my wireless didn’t work, plus one sick kid. Yup, that’s a week that just slipped through my fingers. But, it brings me back to thinking about the basics of blogging. Why you do it and what you get from it?
First, why blog? I work from home and honestly it can be kind of lonely. A blog is the perfect place to create workplace chatter. It’s the water cooler for me, you know a place where I can chat it up when I should be doing real work. Secondly, it’s a great primer to start a day. You know, it gets the creative juices flowing.
If you are trying to sell anything its a great way to start a platform without much effort. It’s like a lucky horseshoe! People get book deals from blogs. Love that.
Want to get started?
Top Ten Tips For Blogging:
10.) Don’t plan what you’re going to write daily, go with the muse.
9.) Take pictures that inspire you, use them as writing prompts
8.) Blog at least five times a week (Totally blown that lately!), but it is important to get traffic.
7.) Tag effectively! Have themes and ideas that you use over and over. It’ll help you with search engines (I have a monopoly on Cow Shit from my Cow Shit Corner Award. How weird is that?)
6.) To keep myself interested, I try to be diverse in what I write about. Other people don’t do this and seem to do fine, which always amazes me. I’d be scared I’d run out of ideas. So don’t put yourself in a box.
5.) Have fun! People know when you are enjoying what you are doing.
4.) Use multiple portals to post your blog (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
3.) Reply to comments. It creates on-line relationships that can move into real friendships and its fun.
2.) Every once in a while I jump on a topic I know people will be searching. This is an easy way to gain traffic and build on-line community.
1.) This is my number one tip, try to do it in fifteen minutes or less! Do not let it consume you. Unless, of course, somebody is paying you to write it. Blogging shouldn’t get in the way of other work, it should enhance it.